Observation 26834: Cortinarius velicopia Kauffman
When: 2009-10-18
No herbarium specimen

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waving a handsome and unusual purple cort under Dimi’s nose is like a red flag to a bull…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-10-19 08:04:23 PDT (-0700)

best lay in a store of KOH, a decent mushroom dryer, and start sniffing and nibbling these critters to do the job right…you already have the photographic part down cold.

Cortinarius velicopia Kauffman
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2009-10-19 00:01:27 PDT (-0700)

See Dan, nice collection, but here is where you’re just teasing
us only — with the available information no science can be
extracted. There is a blue Cort from that very area: Cortinarius
velicopia Kauffman, but I need to see the KOH reaction and spores
at a minimum.

Here is a similar one from California. The name C. velicopia has
been adopted by some Europeans.


Did your material dry blue or brown?

If it’s bruising purple
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-10-18 23:20:38 PDT (-0700)

something around Cortinarius cyanites. If not, I guess it belongs in the Cortinarius coerulescens group.

This looks like Lactarius indigo
By: Daryl Thompson (woobs)
2009-10-18 22:47:40 PDT (-0700)

Cortinarius violaceus has a coarsely fibrilose cap and is not blue but a deep purple

Thanks John!
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2009-10-18 21:23:06 PDT (-0700)

pretty corts :)

Unbelievable color!
By: John Carl Jacobs (JCJacobs)
2009-10-18 20:51:03 PDT (-0700)

Maybe C. violaceus, but no sign of rusty spores that I can see. Great detail in this photo, you can really see all the different shades of purple, and each minute hair covering the caps surface. What a beautiful mushroom, and fantastic photo!

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